3YO SIMPLE SURPRISE Places in Oaklawn’s Instant Racing S.
Making only her second start of the year, SIMPLE SURPRISE put in a strong performance to place in the $150,000 Instant Racing S. on the Arkansas Derby undercard. A stakes winner last year at Saratoga, the now 3-year-old filly by COWBOY CAL took the lead soon after the break in this six-furlong sprint. She dueled inside with the eventual winner around the turn and into the stretch, was bothered a bit as that one moved over to the rail, swung out for the remainder of her stretch drive and ran on well to the wire. Last year, SIMPLE SURPRISE won Saratoga’s Bolton Landing S. on the turf in her second start following a Maiden Special Weight debut win on the dirt at Churchill. Lifetime record: 5-2-0-2, $112,372. O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC. T-Steve Asmussen.